Crews are working diligently to get the Martin Luther King Community Pool finished and open to the public by the Fourth of July.
The upgrades are turning what had been an average municipal swimming pool into a showcase. The pool’s old fiberglass liner is being replaced with Starbright stucco, highlighted with cobalt blue tile. Two regulation size steps will make access easier than the single step it once had. Lap lanes that have faded with sun and age are being repainted. The pool deck has been transformed from painted concrete to natural stone pavers laid out in a herringbone pattern. Bright new aluminum handrails are replacing the chain link fence that once surrounded the facility.
“This is going to be the centerpiece of what will eventually be the cornerstone of the community,” said Community Services Director Greg Veliz. “As we redo the surrounding parks it will be a highlight of the entire community.”
In addition, the entire lower level is being revamped with new plumbing and stucco. Glass entry doors will allow natural light to flow into the entrance, and will also highlight the undersea murals, hand painted by local artist Sandy Rico.
The pool and its surrounding parks are practically contiguous with the Truman Waterfront, where the city will be enhancing several acres of open green space that looks out onto Key West Harbor.